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Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Needles Reivew

Hello my knitty friends! I have promised to review my new Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Interchangeable Needle Set, and so I shall! I have been using these new needles for about three weeks now, and here are my brief thoughts.


Knitter’s Pride Melodies Of Life “Zing” Interchangeable Needle Set-9 Pairs / 4 Cords / AccessoriesΒ (Amazon affiliate link)

The needles come in a decorative and fairly sturdy box with a magnetic closure. I like a nice decorative box, myself. Although, I will say, for storage purposes I would prefer a smaller needle case made of fabric for portability. I may have to find one for this set and keep the box to hold other things.


You can see a few of the needle sets are out, those are just being used on projects at the moment. The sizes in this set are from US Size 4 to 11, or 3.5mm to 8mm. As you can see, they are brightly colored, with each size being a different color. I am definitely a fan of metal needles for my knitting, and the fact that these are colored are a bonus. It is motivating to work with pretty needles!


The Melodies of Life set comes with cords and notions also, some of which are not pictured as they are also happily occupied with my works in progress. Four cords are included: one 24 inch, two 32 inch and one 40 inch cord. The cord sizes are also colored differently so that you can differentiate them. There are also three yarn needles with loops at the ends rather than eye holes, which I have found easier to use than a regular eyelet needle. And finally, there are sets of stoppers for stitches on hold, keys for tightening the needles. All of these notions are housed in a musical themed notions bag.


Knitting with these needles is delightful! The colored portion of the needle is slightly matte finish so your stitches don’t slip off, but the tip can slip and knit easily. The cord joins are very smooth and the cord itself is highly flexible and easy to work with. These needles are a bit heavier than my Hiya Hiya Sharps (which feel as though they are hollow) but I have not found the weight to be any kind of hinderance.

Overall, these are excellent needles and I highly recommend them! You may want to buy a needle case along with it, but if you’re anything like me, you’re happy to do a little extra knitty shopping πŸ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed this quick review! If you click my affiliate links and make a purchase, I do earn a small commission, which means you are supporting my content: for that, I thank you!

Don’t forget to check out my new HalesBee Handmade Podcast on YouTube! You can see my new needles in action!

Happy knitting!

Love from HalesBee


Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Shawl Season All Season

Hello my merry crafting friends! HalesBee is back this weekend with some dream knitting, and this time it’s all about the shawls! I do love knitting shawls, partly because there are so many different construction methods and so many opportunities to play with color. This week I have been working on my Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor, available on Ravelry.

Touchstone Shawl knit with my own hand dyed yarn. Colors shown are Coffee and Pie Oh My! and Remnants.

Touchstone is a simple shawl pattern, with just enough changes in stitch pattern to keep me interested, but not so complicated that I can’t listen to my favorite podcasts. I am using my own hand dyed yarns, available in my Etsy shop, HalesBee Handmade. This shawl is in a DK weight, so it may be a bit heavy for the warm spring weather here in NC. Though, I must say there are times I feel the need for a bit of air conditioning protection, so I’m excited to have this off the needles at the ready!

To add to my dream shawl knitting, today I received my February Artisan Crate delivery from KnitCrate! The yarn and patterns are from Toby Roxane Designs. The yarns are a light sport weight, super gorgeous and soft! The patterns are for a simple garter stitch triangular shawl, and a triangular shawl with lace work for intermediate knitters.

Artisan Crate yarns, pattern, and extra little buttons.

The last bit of dream shawl knitting I have is a kit I purchased from Craftsy for the Serenity Now Shawl. The kit comes with Craftsy’sΒ Cloudborn Merino Superwash Sock Twist, one full skein and a set of five mini skeins. The kit I chose is the Superb Starling mini set and a full skein of Grey Heather.


As they often do, Craftsy had a sale going at the time I bought the kit. So I chose a second Cloudborn skein, Oatmeal Heather, that I may use instead of the Grey Heather. Feel free to comment if you have an opinion on which one goes best with the mini kit!


I have been busy dying self striping yarn for my shop, so for now most of my knitting is dream knitting. I also am still desperately trying to finish mom’s Worsted Boxy so I can do some selfish knitting. Hopefully you will have an update on these fun projects soon!

That’s all for this brief entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade adventures! If you have clicked any of the links above and made a purchase, they are affiliate links that give me a small commission. This means you are supporting my content, and for that, I thank you!

Wishing you a crafty weekend!

Love from HalesBee

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Progress, Plans and Selfish Knits

Good day, friends! Welcome to another entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade happenings. I have been slowly making progress on a couple of WIPs, and have also made a few selfish knitting plans.

Richard’s cardigan with just buttons left to go!

My man cardigan for the hubby is nearly ready for wear! Knitted in Brava Sport Yarn from Knit Picks in Cobblestone Heather and Canary (yellow). Since last entry, I have completed the sleeves, picked up and finished the collar, complete with button holes and finished off the pockets. Now I just need to find suitable buttons and throw it in the wash! Not to worry, it’s been intentionally knitted with acrylic for easy care!

Progress on Mom’s Worsted Boxy.

I’ve also been at work on mom’s special request: the Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. This is a large, comfy fit sweater; so, I do have quite a larger number of stitches each row. Still, I am plugging away and loving the fabric I am getting! I am using my own hand dyed yarn in my Jack Frost colorway from my HalesBee Handmade shop on EtsyΒ (affiliate link). I have also been testing out my new Knitter’s PrideΒ interchangeable Zing needles from my Melodies of Life set I just treated myself to. I promise to review them later!


I got my Knitter’s Pride set on eBay (affiliate link), where you can find some reasonably priced sets.Β Brand new sets of the same Melodies of Life needles are available on Amazon also, and for very reasonable prices. Here’s an Amazon affiliate link:Β Knitter’s Pride Melodies Of Life “Zing” Interchangeable Needle Set-9 Pairs / 4 Cords / Accessories

Selfish socks for me! Done in my own hand dyed yarn.

I’ve also felt a need to cast on a few selfish knits. All this working on sweaters for mom and hubby, and after the holidays!? I need something for me. I went ahead and chose a couple of skeins from my shop – again! I may need to slow down using my own inventory – but I do love some of my colorways!

The sock I’ve started above is using my Pick Your Poison colorway, which will be used for the cuffs, heels and toes of the socks. The main body of the sock will be done in my Always Carry Antidote colorway. See what I did there? I know, I’m so clever πŸ™‚ Both of these are on my TwistleBee Sock Base, a high twist sock yarn. They are both available in my HalesBee Handmade shop on EtsyΒ (affiliate link).

More selfish knitting in my DK hand dyed yarn. Bag from KnitForBrainsDesigns on Etsy.

Last in my entry today is a bit of enabling from Instagram. I saw a knitty friend had completed the Touchstone Shawl by Laura AylorΒ in three colors rather than one. Loved it! Had to plan one for me! I selected a few more HalesBee HandmadeΒ DK colorways (there I go again!) and popped over to Ravelry to get the pattern. My plan is start with my Remnants, do the middle section in Coffee and Pie Oh My!, and finish out with my Chateau de Bleu colorway. I’m so excited to have a shawl for me!

Well, that’s all for this entry, folks! I had better get back to knitting if I want to have more to show later πŸ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into the HalesBee Handmade life. If you have clicked on the links marked affiliate and made a purchase (which gives me a small commision) then I thank you from the bottom of my HalesBee heart!

Happy knitting! Love from HalesBee!


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Touting Tassels

If you’re a knitter, crocheter, weaver or any yarn related crafter, you undoubtedly end up with left over scraps of yarn. For some, just to toss away those few remaining yards of a skein isn’t a problem. Why clutter your craft supplies with scraps? For others, myself included, wasting precious fiber in any amount hurts our yarny hearts. It’s so pretty! I want to keep it!

So my fellow hoarders of fibery goodness, what are we to do? Well, one possible option for these scrumptious strands is likely not unfamiliar to you – tassel necklaces. While this is not a new idea by any means, I do want to share my own basic method of putting together a quick, lovely tassel necklace with those beloved bits of yarn.

Finished tassel necklace with Malabrigo Rasta yarn.


For a necklace with a tassel only, you will need:

  • Yarn scraps (about 6 to 8 feet)
  • A chain with clasp
  • Piece of cardboard (3 to 4 inches)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

If you would like to add some small embellishments, you will need some basic jewelry making supplies:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Jump rings or head pins
  • Beads of your choice




Start with your yarn and cardboard. You will wrap the yarn around the cardboard, perhaps 20 to 30 times (depending on how large you want your tassel to be), then tie it at the top and cut along the bottom. See photos below. Hover cursor over image for instructions.


Now that your yarn is off the cardboard, you will need to cut a 10 inch long piece of yarn to wrap around the top to create the tassel.


Trim the uneven ends at the bottom of your tassel as desired. Now you will need to use the ends at the top to attach your tassel to your chain.


If all you want is a tassel, then you’re done! Add to your favorite outfit and hit the town! For those of you who want a little something extra, get out your jewelry making supplied and choose some fun embellishment beads.

For this tassel necklace, I am adding a bellflower bead with a hole through the top to which I am adding a faux pearl.


Thread your chain into the circle you created with the head pin. Use your pliers to bend the circle completely closed around the chain. Voila! You have some extra bling on your tassel necklace!


You may be fashionably late for taking the extra steps, but you will certainly be accessorized and ready!

I hope you have enjoyed these basic instructions. Again, I don’t claim that its original, and certainly there are other methods of creating the same effects. This is just my own quick method of creating something simple and beautiful with those yarny extras that I can’t bring myself to throw away.

If you like what you see but don’t want to make if yourself or don’t have time, check out my shop on Etsy at HalesBee HadmadeΒ and pick up one that I’ve created.

Happy making to all of you!

Love from HalesBee


Fiber Arts

Hi Friends!


I’m Haleigh, the dyer and maker behind HalesBee Handmade on Etsy. I’m a lover of yarn, an obsessed knitter, and I’m starting this little blog as a way to continue exploring my creative ambitions.

I live in North Carolina near Raleigh with my husband and our tiny dogs. I dye my yarn in my very own little kitchen and dry it in the North Carolina sunshine on the front porch. My craft room and home office is bursting with yarn, beads, cross stitch supplies and my many various crafting exploits. It is from here that I begin my blog, a diary of yarny goodness and hand making.

Part of my intent in this blog is to find a way to be more connected to the knitting and crafting community. I’ve always been amazed by how supportive and kind the members of this wide crafting community are, particularly in a virtual world that is often ugly and unwelcoming. My hope is to provide content that will entertain, inform, and most importantly, enable fellow knitters, crafters and makers wherever you may be.

So thank you to all who give my little knitty dream a look. Happy knitting and crafting!

Love from HalesBee